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On December 9, 2013, a group of gunmen stormed the offices of the Violations Documentation Center in Syria in Douma, Damascus countryside and abducted Razan Zaitouneh and three other activists: Samira Khalil, Nazim Hamada and Wael Hamada. Their whereabouts is still unknown, which exacerbated concerns about their health and safety. Razan Zaitouneh is one of the main lawyers who defended political prisoners in Syria since 2001. She started her human rights activism years before March 2011. After March 2011, Razan and her colleague, lawyer Nazim Hamada were among the first supporters of the Syrian...
The pro-Autonomous Administration Asayesh forces arrested two leaders in the Kurdish Reform Movement in Syria and took them to an unknown place. On Sunday evening, November27, 2016, the Asayesh forces arrested Jadaan Ali, a member of the General Coordination Committee in the Movement and the Representative of the movement in Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). He was visiting the village of Sheikh Ibrahimi, located in the Derick region (al-Malikiayah) in al-Hasakah, northeast of Syria.    On November, Monday 28, 2016, another patrol led by the Asayesh forces arrested Hawas Khalil, also a...
On Sunday, 30th October 2016, the Chief of Police in Tartous province visited the central prison in response to prison protests. As reported by other prisoners, Souleiman Al Assad, who had been convicted of murder, refused to meet the Warden because he feared the Warden would change his place of detention – as reported by other prisoners. Souleiman's "supporters," who are also criminal prisoners, joined him in his protest and began to riot and cause damage to the prison. They broke all the locks on the non-cell prison doors and would not allow the police to lock other...